Thirukural written by Thiruvalluvar consists of three books, the first book on Aram (the Way or Dharma), the second on Porul (Material or Artha) and the third on Inbam (Joy or Kama).

There are 37 chapters in the first book, the first four called Payiram or Prefactory Matter, the next twenty about Ill-Aram (the householder’s Dharma) and the next thirteen about Turavaram (the path of Renunciation). The second book on Porul contains seventy chapters, the first twenty dealing with Kings and their Duties, the succeeding thirty two chapters with the other matters concerning the State, and next thirteen, with Sundry Concerns. The third book on Inbam contains twenty five chapters, the first seven being on Pre Marital Love (Kalavu) and the next eighteen on Marital Love.

There are 133 chapters in all, each chapter contains ten distichs in the metre known as Kural and the work itself is now called by that name.

0373. நுண்ணிய நூல்பல கற்பினும்

0373. Nunniya Noolpal Karpinum

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    ஊழியல் (Oozhiyal) - Fate
  • அதிகாரம்
    ஊழ் (Oozh)
  • குறள்
    நுண்ணிய நூல்பல கற்பினும் மற்றுந்தன்
    உண்மை யறிவே மிகும்.
  • விளக்கம்
    ஒருவன் நுட்பமான பல நூல்களைக் கற்றாலும், அவனுக்குத் தனது ஊழினாளாகிய அறிவே மேம்பட்டு நிற்கும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    In subtle learning manifold though versed man be,
    'The wisdom, truly his, will gain supremacy.
  • Meaning
    Although (a man) may study the most polished treatises, the knowledge which fate has decreed to him will still prevail.


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